Pak's top leadership condemns Sharif's remarks on 26/11

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Sources privy to the development said a meeting of the National Security Committee, Pakistan's highest forum, headed by the PM and mandated to consider national security and foreign policy matters, is likely to take place within the next two days.

"Instead of asking what is wrong with his statement, Nawaz Sharif should explain what was the need of saying what he said", he continued regarding the former premier's interview to Dawn newspaper published on May 12. "The participants unanimously rejected the allegations and condemned the fallacious assertions", it said.

Pakistan's top anti-corruption body, National Accountability Bureau, yesterday ordered a probe against the embattled former prime minister and others after reports of his involvement in the money laundering emerged in the media.

He stresses "After all, it was Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who, resisting all pressures, took the most important and most hard decision on national security in Pakistan's history by making the country a nuclear power in May 1998". During the interview, Nawaz had said, "Militant organisations are active".

Shiekh also said that Nawaz Sharif's name should also be placed on Exit Control List (ECL), and interior ministry alerted to file a complaint against former premier.

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"It is unfortunate that we followed their (Indian media's) lead", he lamented, and wondered "if we allow ourselves to be used by India".

He added that Nawaz had not said anything that had not been said before.

PM Abbasi went on to say that Pakistan has always maintained that it would not allow anyone to use its soil against any country.

He added that if forming a commission - like some elements of the opposition, as well as Nawaz Sharif, were demanding - to look into the remarks would serve the nation, then it should be set up. The current government's term ends on May 31.

Mr Sharif is facing ire for "harming national interests" from opponents as well as some of the estranged leaders from his Pakistan Muslims League-Nawaz (PML-N) party for allegedly supporting the Indian narrative on the attack case. "India wasn't interested in a transparent investigation", he said.

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